Bruce easy over Dunn
By Graeme Bailey
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Steve Bruce is insistent he will ease David Dunn back into action slowly.Birmingham City manager Steve Bruce is insistent he will ease David Dunn back into action slowly.
Dunn has suffered a torrid time with injuries over the past year and he has not started a first team game since February.
The former Blackburn ace made a comeback against Aston Villa, but the following week he suffered a relapse of the same hamstring injury.
Dunn has made fleeting substitute appearances in the past month against Lincoln, Bolton and Charlton - but he may have to wait a bit longer before he will considered for a place in Bruce's starting XI
"I learnt from last season," said Bruce.
"Dunny did a cameo role against Villa and then we played him straight away on the Wednesday against Sunderland and the hamstring went early in the game.
"I wasn't even going to bring him on the other night against Lincoln in the Carling Cup but he was sitting there in a huff so I had to give him the last six or seven minutes.
"We've got to be very careful and ease him back in carefully and sometimes it's difficult. But my job is to make sure David is right for the long term.
"He has only played something like 19 to 20 games in 15 months and we want to make sure he is right because he has shown flashes of what he is capable of when he has been fit."
Bruce also confirmed that he would be welcoming Australian winger Stan Lazaridis back to training this week.
"We hope Stan is going to join in training sometime this week," he said.
"He has given the muscle a bit more than just a strain."